6. Clarke Gets Them into Trouble

“Hold her still!”

It takes five orderlies to pin him down while a sixth drives the needle into his exposed buttock. He screams; more rage than pain. He goes still but, even with the sedative, he remains conscious and weakly struggling. His eyes are half-lidded and still angry.  

“When does she see Dr. Smith?” asks the orderly who picks him up. He is stronger than he looks. Surprisingly strong. He growls like a feral dog.

“Friday.”

An audience has gathered. Events like this provide entertainment for the long-term patients. Lye watches from the back, over the heads of the others.

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